Export Achievement Awards (2011 – 2012)
The Export Achievement Award recognizes U.S. businesses that have benefited from the export assistance services of the Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service to make their first export sale or to open into new foreign markets.
The Hon. Chuck Reed, Mayor, San Jose
The Hon. Zoe Lofgren, Member of Congress, CA-16
Joanne Vliet, Director, Silicon Valley U.S. Export Assistance Center
Kim Walesh, Director of Economic Development & Chief Strategist, City of San Jose
San Jose State University was presented with the U.S. Commerce Department’s Export Achievement Certificate in November of 2011. The university has engaged with the Commercial Service for the last 15 years to expand their international student population and international partnerships around the world. The U.S. Commercial Service’s global network of trade professionals and programs has supported San Jose State University’s efforts through trade counseling, business matchmaking, and the recruitment of academic delegations and partnering activities with educational organizations in countries such as China, India, Russia, Japan, Taiwan, among a number of other markets. The assistance of the U.S. Commercial Service has helped to grow San Jose State University’s international student population to more than 2,000 international students enrolled in the university’s degree programs, as of fall 2011. Furthermore, the growth of international student enrollment has enabled San Jose State University to hire ten new employees for its international admissions department.
SolFocus is a leading supplier of Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) systems. Featuring a reflective optical system to concentrate sunlight at 650 times onto very small high-efficiency multi-junction PV cells, the company's high efficiency and high performance systems provide the lowest levelized cost of energy (LCOE) in high sun regions. With the lightest environmental footprint of any solar technology, SolFocus CPV meets the need not just for clean energy, but a superior cradle-to-cradle footprint. With the help of the Commercial Service, SolFocus won contracts in Australia and Mexico. The company has installations in Australia, Latin America, and Europe, and these export successes have opened doors to other countries.
Echelon is the world’s leading energy control networking company. Echelon technologies connect more than 35 million homes, 300,000 buildings and 100 million devices to the smart grid, and help customers save 20% or more on their energy usage. With more than 20 years of experience in energy control, Echelon delivers a wide range of innovative solutions to commercial and electric utility customers. They lead the world wide integration of smart meters into grid infrastructure, notably in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. The company has been awarded the largest deployment undertaken in Norway to date, which encompasses 100,000 smart meters. In 2011, Echelon also signed agreements with large utilities in China and Brazil.
DeVry University, one of the largest, private sector universities in North America, with more than 90,000 students enrolled in the United States and Canada, was presented with the U.S. Commerce Department’s Export Achievement Certificate for its international student recruitment efforts. In 2008, DeVry University initiated an international student recruitment program and contacted the U.S. Commercial Service in Northern California for assistance in developing an export strategy for the university’s associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs offered at more than 90 locations across the United States and online. The assistance of the U.S. Commercial Service helped to grow DeVry University’s international student population from approximately 300 students in 2008 to more than 1,400 international students enrolled in the university’s degree programs, as of fall 2010. Furthermore, the growth of international student enrollment has enabled DeVry University to hire eight new employees for its international admissions department.